I remember being in a therapy session. My therapist told me she sometimes just sits outside and watches the world go by.
Then, she proceeded to tell me that her daughter came by one time and asked, “Mom, what are you doing?”
She replied, “Nothing, I'm just watching the world go by.”
Her daughter said, “How boring, mom!”
But my therapist responded, “It is not boring. I am spending time recharging my battery.”
So I have a little challenge for you. When was the last time you just sat and looked around to recharge your battery? When was the last time you took a moment to look at the details of your surroundings? I challenge you to do just that. I did this exercise the other day on my lunch break. I sat outside and took in the view of all the trees in my backyard. I just stopped for a moment. I didn't bring my phone with me. On my lunch break, I usually catch up on a tv show or text or call a friend. Not today.
I decided to do nothing at lunch. I ate and listened to the birds singing and the leaves rustling as the wind blew. I observed the shapes of the clouds, leaves, and rocks around me. I watched the wind blow the giant treetops in my backyard. I watched the flowers in the planter flutter in the breeze. Ironically, being still made me feel recharged.
What I have learned: Sometimes doing nothing but observing your surroundings and relishing in the beauty is the best way to recharge your battery.
Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.